Prep softball: Angle's 'Senior Night' performance helps lift Wellborn over Weaver
Wellborn's Brooke Angle pitched a two-hitter. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
The last regular-season home game in any sport at most schools is set aside as “Senior Night,” and it gives all senior athletes one last opportunity to play in front of their home fans.
Thursday night was the last chance the two seniors on the Walter Wellborn softball team — Brooke Angle and Tymeria Mackey — to play in front of the friends and family. The Panthers helped the seniors go out with a bang, as they defeated Weaver 11-1 in five innings.
Mackey finished with a walk and a run. Angle was 2-for-3, and in the pitcher’s circle, she worked all five innings, giving up two hits, striking out four and allowing three walks.
“I think my performance tonight was better than most games I’ve pitched this season,” Angle said. “On nights like this, I’m not really pumped or ready to go, but I think I did well tonight.”
Wellborn didn’t take long to get on the scoreboard, as Carlee Mullinax hit a two-run home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the first inning. Angle followed with a single to left field, and she scored on a Sam Coley triple. Coley scored later in the inning on a pass ball.
That gave Wellborn a 4-0 lead after one inning, and the Panthers never looked back.
“Our focus this past week has been trying to generate runs, being patient, using our abilities, seeing each pitch, and taking quality swings,” Walter Wellborn head coach Brenda Vinson said. “When you have the opportunity to bat with runners on base, it’s not about me as an individual and what I want to do, it’s about what needs to be done to help my team score.”
Meanwhile, Angle did the job in the pitcher’s circle. She set down seven straight batters in the middle innings, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
“I pay no attention to all that,” Angle said. “I just like to pitch.”
With one runner on base, Skylar Watson got the first hit off Angle when she hit a bloop single into right field with two outs. Lauren Reed followed with a swinging-bunt single, and a throwing error allowed Hailee Wine to score from third base.
At the plate, the Panthers collected nine hits and earned eight walks before ending the game on the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning.
“The fact everyone was hitting created a spark in us,” Angle said. “We have the type of bond when one of us hits, we all hit, but if one of us doesn’t hit, we don’t hit.”
Taylor Houck had one hit, two RBIs and three runs scored. Lauren Carroll had one hit, while Raegan Nunez hit a two-run double which landed at the base of the left-center field fence. In addition to her first-inning single, Angle hit another single in the fourth inning. Mullinax also added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Paige Haney finished with a single and run scored. Laurel Hambric was on base all three at-bats (two walks and a single), and scored three runs.
Wellborn will head to Glencoe to play in a weekend tournament, before traveling to Pleasant Valley on Monday to face Ohatchee in the Class 2A, Area 12 tournament.
“I hope we can keep this intensity up,” Vinson said. “I also hope we can continue to hit well.”
Weaver also will play Monday. The Bearcats will travel to regular-season Class 3A, Area 8 champion White Plains for the start of the area tournament.